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Meet Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers’ Iconic Team Mascot

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Who knew the Flyers’ rambunctious mascot had so much to say? Gritty was voted the Main Line’s best pro sports mascot this year.

Gritty formally introduced himself to Flyers fans by rappelling from the top of Wells Fargo Center to kick off the 2018-19 season. Nearly four years later, the Philadelphia region has fully embraced this orange, furry, oddly lovable mascot. In this year’s Best of the Main Line readers’ poll, he/she/it was the hands-down winner for Best Pro Sports Mascot. We thought it might be time to get to know the real Gritty behind all that fur.

MLT: Were you expecting Philadelphia to love you as much as it has?

Gritty: Beyoncé once said, “If you’re with the right person, it brings out the best version of you.” I think Philly and I bring out the best in each other. Beyoncé also said, “Ya man ain’t never seen a booty like this.” Beyoncé wild. Beyoncé queen.

MLT: How do you feel when people call you the Phanatic’s Delco cousin?

G: Everyone has a cousin in Delco—can’t rule it out.

MLT: What are the biggest perks of being a mascot?

G: Probably the free parking and first dibs at the lost-and-found.

MLT: Are hockey mascots tougher than other mascots?

G: No, but I think we’re more thoughtful gift givers.

MLT: Now that you’ve hit the big time, are you able to get into all the exclusive clubs and parties around the city?

G: Clubs aren’t my thing. I haven’t been in one since Club Penguin kicked me out for violating community guidelines a few years back.

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MLT: Do you still have a beef with the Penguins’ mascot?

G: Lol. I don’t beef with others. Others beef with me.

MLT: Where’s your go-to spot for a cheesesteak?

G: No. This is a trap.

MLT: What Hollywood actor would play you in Gritty: The Movie?

G: There’s only one correct answer: Freddie Prinze Jr. He delivered an inspiring performance in my favorite early-2000s rom-com, Summer Catch, and truly changed acting forever with his portrayal of Fred in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.

MLT: What would your profile be on a dating site?

G: Thirst trap photos, Mean Girls quotes and my Venmo in the bio. Pretty standard.

MLT: What makes Flyers fans so great?

G: d.) All of the above.

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